Author: East Texas Review

U.S. Senate confirmed Counts as Judge for Western District of Texas

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements after the U.S. Senate confirmed Walter David Counts, III as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas: “Walter Counts has honorably dedicated himself to the justice system in Texas, as a Travis County prosecutor, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and now as a federal Magistrate Judge, all while answering the call to serve as a member of the Texas National Guard,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I’m proud to vote to confirm him in this new role, where his dedication to the rule of law and the...

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Cornyn Statement Addressing Prison Reform

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today released the following statement after today’s meeting at the White House on prison reform: “I commend the President and his Administration for convening this important meeting to examine ways we can reform our prison system and better prepare low-risk offenders to reenter society. Building off successful state-level reforms in Texas, I have introduced the CORRECTIONS Act that will help lower recidivism rates, save taxpayer dollars, and reduce crime.  Moving forward, I stand ready to work with the President and my colleagues towards a commonsense solution.”   Background: Last year, Senators Cornyn and Sheldon...

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EXTRA! EXTRA!

by Joycelyne Fadojutimi The first annual Go-Giver Gala to benefit Longview’s homeless residents was a sterling success. Those who attended the Maude Cobb Center extravaganza savored a whirlwind of dining, dancing and recognition of the town’s top Go-Givers. Those so honored this year are Neal McCoy, Natalie Rabicoff, Tim Wiseman, and Tom and Jill Chinn. Main event speaker Joshua Pair chronicled his ascent from homelessness to education and rewarding career. His inspiring narrative left none in doubt that the plague of homelessness can be eradicated. The problem of people forced to live on the streets remains a national affliction....

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Walmart to raise U.S. wages

(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today, Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates in the U.S. to $11, expand maternity and parental leave benefits and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000. The company is also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The combined wage and benefit changes will benefit the company’s more than one million U.S. hourly associates.   “Today, we are building on investments we’ve been making in associates, in their wages and skills development,” said Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO. “It’s our people...

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FEMA earns senator’s best grades

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement commending the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for changing its policy to ensure houses of worship are now eligible for federal disaster relief assistance. “I am glad that FEMA has taken critical action to rectify what was previously a misguided, discriminatory policy in order to ensure that private, faith-based, non-profit facilities are now eligible for federal disaster relief assistance. I saw first-hand during my visits throughout Texas the devastating impact that Hurricane Harvey had on churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. There are also countless stories of faith-based institutions...

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